Archive for the 'Activities' Category

08
Jan
10

car fail videos- round 2

Hmm, we haven’t thrown up some car fail videos since last March. Let’s recitfy this. Here is some enjoyment at the expense of others: (NSFW language & beautiful car scarring).

The Anthony Hamilton school of car transport.

the infamous Veyron dip.

not a whole lotta fail here, just be careful with my precious Diablo. (not actually mine, a disclaimer for the thick).

“It’s gonna be quite a smokey show.” clutch, brakes, and tires each smell differently, champ.

Hey, wow, the cameraman wasn’t a laughing asshole this time.

He’s fine, actually, don’t fret. for him, anyway. the car? well…

Now let’s flip a Fiesta with McDonald’s trays…

I think this went as planned…?

sometimes all you can do is sigh…

and another Viper done. careful, we’re not making any more.

Then there’s this asshole. the fail is his knee. ( kidding, Matt. I couldn’t resist.)

-Alex K-

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29
Dec
09

Rendezvous- L.A. edition w/ Jay Leno

Remember Rendezvous? the Claude Lelouch-filmed  speed run through the streets of Paris in 1978? We talked about it once briefly because the sheer bravado of the stunt, coupled with the setting and perspective truly engrossed us. Watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet.

Today Jalopnik put this video up of Jay Leno mapping out his own rendezvous course in his backyard through the hills of Los Angeles in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. While the video isn’t super exciting, it is fun to watch, the route itself is pretty interesting, and the engine soundtrack is phenomenal. Check out the video below, and after that, we took the liberty of putting up a map of the route in case you’re in the L.A. area and want to tackle it safely and legally see it yourselves. Looks like the starting point is where Mulholland and Coldwater Canyon meet.

What’s your Rendezvous run? let us know.

UPDATE: Autoblog has the same video up, along with a “making of” video. check it.

Map: (click to make with the big-ness)

-Alex K-

03
Aug
09

Vanderbilt Cup Autocross ’09

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Hey Everyone,

Last week, me and my trusty Mustang participated in the 2nd annual Vanderbilt Cup Autocross, the exciting addition to the Vanderbilt Cup concours d’elegance. Here’s some photos and video:

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-Alex K-

28
Jul
09

Monterey Car Week -August 14th!

Hello car-lovers. as mentioned before, another great car event is right around the corner.

MONTEREY CAR WEEK LOGO

If you happen to be on the West Coast, it’s in your best interest to attend. get all your info here:

www.montereycarweek.com

Come back here and report your findings/share your pictures!

-Alex K.-

06
Jul
09

Vanderbilt Cup Autocross ’09 July 26th

Hello friends,

It’s time for another Vanderbilt Cup autocross and concours, and we here at AK are quite excited. It’s a unique opportunity to not only admire some excellent classic and vintage rides, but watch them run a timed lap among modern sports cars. See what you missed last year.

Also, you’ve been keeping up with vanderbiltcupraces.com, you’ll know that the winner of the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup, the “black beast” ALCO racer, has been meticulously restored and will be returning to run the course at full clip.

The event will be held in a section of the Roosevelt field mall parking lot, so get there early, check out the concours, and bring your car in for some play time at the autocross.

Contact me for a PDF of the entry form if you are looking to enter the autocross, the concours, or both.

-Alex K-

11
Jun
09

AutoKinesis is 2!!!

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A year ago, there wasn’t even an AutoKinesis, it was just a blog that didn’t want to be called “blog,” a journal of all the things I had happen to me, which all changed thanks to some delectable apple pie.

What was once a silly blog with a silly name, then became something slightly serious, has become a chronicle of adventures and stories, a photo gallery of gorgeous cars, a forum of news and discussion, and more to the point, my own little slice of the internet that I get to hang out at and talk to you about cars.  Here’s a quick look back at all the things we got to share:

Whoo. I got tired typing that.

Many thanks to the people who make this blog happen, like Melissa for her editing (even if it’s just to point out misplaced caps and so forth) , and Victor for his photos (and both of them for being my partners in crime). Thanks for the commenters who give this blog life with their opinions, and most of all, a very sincere thank you all for reading. I am excitedly looking forward to what year 3 will bring, and I hope you all are as well.

Thanks Again!!!!

-Alex K-

05
May
09

Me, watching you, watching you.

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Some media events are less about the product and more about the people.  Case in point, the Tesla Model S event I attended last week ( yes, I’ve been blog-lazy, let’s carry on). Not particularly knowing what to expect, I grabbed the ever stalwart V to join me to see just how much Model S we’d be privy to. Car and open bar. I’m there.

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50% of why I attend these things.

Held at the IAC building, The model S was indeed the centerpiece of the event, accompanied with a fully electric Smart ForTwo and the tenacious Roadster.

Tesla CEO and avid NY Times reader Elon Musk gathered everyone around to discuss details and plans for the Model S as well as what to expect as far as a Tesla presence in NYC.  Comparable to a Mercedes E-class in size, the Model S features a “skateboard” layout, meaning the Li-Ion battery lies in the floor of the car between both axles, with the motor in the back. The Model S will seat 7: two in front, three in the back, and “child seating” in the far rear, to, presumably, stow pesky children out of sight and reach.

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Elon dropped the mythical 45 minute charge number for the Model S, as well as the $50,000 price tag, which as the fine print states includes a $7,500 tax credit and is for the 150 mile range model, not the full 300 mile range. A 0-60 time is expected to be in the 5’s with a top speed of 130 mph. Carbon footprint was mentioned, environmental impact and such, and my attention predictably wavered.

The Tesla Motors showroom that is planned for Manhattan will be uniquely located within a functioning art gallery, which sounds interesting. I hope to see how that works in practice.

Impressions: One, the name “Model S” could go. I’ve written and corrected “S-class” multiple times in this article alone. It’s secret production name was “WhiteStar”, why couldn’t it have remained so? More automobiles would do well to be named like a Finnish metal band.

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The front apes the Maserati GranTurismo a bit, and the rear hints of Jaguar (which whiffs of Aston). The combination works well enough. It’s not stunningly gorgeous, but it’s far from hideous.

Crossing the street and heading over to Pier 60, we had the opportunity to ride shotgun in a rapid zip up and down the car park. It seems to retain the torque the Roadster provides, and our vantage got us a peek at button-less center console, an LCD touch screen that manages A/C, radio and google maps. This corresponds to the fully LCD gauges for the driver.

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"Black Star" by radiohead? was that a clue?

It was just around midnight when we made our way back to the Building, and most had cleared out, having had their ride in the Model S, but Letterman was coming on, thus so was Elon, so we stuck around to watch Musk…watch Musk. The screens across the walls of the venue, which had been showing glamor shots and B-roll of the Model S, turned to the show, and the music was dropped as the broadcast begun.

Elon’s monotone interview lucid tones seemed to hypnotize Letterman, who bestowed Musk with heaps of praise, along with laying piles of disdain on the Chevy Volt, hydrogen fuel technology, and the US car makers in general. Dave Letterman, team player as always.

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As we slipped out, the interview watching left me with a bitter taste in my mouth since I was then reminded of all the “Me vs. You” garbage that I personally had been guilty of, and at great effort been conscientious to change. The elitism, the smug, all happily not shoved down my throat or hardly encountered at the event, all displayed on broadcast television.  Jay Leno again comes out as the better, more informed man (on Hydrogen, on US carmakers, and even on Tesla). Some people just want to be fashionably superior to everyone.

It gets really old, really quick.

-Alex K-

Check out the Model S site for more info here.

And feel free to watch the Letterman segment here. (UPDATE: video removed by user. try scouring youtube or google.)




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